La Ragga Family Announce Debut LP



Colombian reggae band La Ragga Family, currently making waves with their single 'Pastilla Para La Memoria' (Memory Pill) has just gone and added the icing to the cake by announcing that its highly-anticipated debut LP was imminent!

"We are two years into our musical journey now and about to put out our first long play, influenced by the jamaican sound as well as by Colombian and Caribbean sounds and rythms. What an exciting time it is for us!
"The motivation at the beginning was totally personal. We've already worked on the first 5 songs and all that's left now is just a couple of more songs and we have a total of nine track for the LP, said member of the 7-piece group, Luis Garcia.

The 9 track LP sure promises to be one of the reggae albums to look out for this year as it contains a lot of substance.
"We wrote about the social/political situation in our country and since people are in a struggle everywhere around the globe, we are sure the songs will resonate with a lot of folks out there.
"The first single, Memory Pill, is actually an 'eco song' that talks about the ecosystem and how degradated the planet is because of our bad practices and fosile fuels,  overuse of plastic and waste dumping. Indiferencia (Indifference) talks about how people have been accomplices to what is happening by not taking civil and democratic action over political matters, Estás Ahí (Still there) is a love song and we also have a song about ganja that is called Bocanada de Amor (puff of love) and it's my declaration to the Santamaria", he said.

For Garcia and his band, the album has the potential to not only open doors for them but to also bring the Colombian reggae scene into the picture.
"This record has one Big intention and that is to open even more spaces, not just for us but for all the reggae bands and soundsystems that are working hard to have Colombian reggae recognized on the world music map.
"We hope it’s gonna takes us out of Bogotá, our country capital city, to the rest of Colombia and we cannot forget the rest of South America as well", he said.


BACKGROUND


Garcia who himself is a 10 year veteran in the industry took the time to give us an insight into La Ragga Family and how the band came together.
"Milton (bassist and co-founder) and I, we share the same history. Pablo (pianist) recently partnered with Mauricio Cano, Grammy nominee and winner producer at El Patio e Ropas where we are going to record most of the LP. Cesar (skank guitar) is a chef and he came back from Buenos Aires Argentina to be part of the process. The rest of the guys, namely, Julian (Lead guitar) David (drummer) and Juan Camilo (sax), are music students in different academies in Bogotá, They work on other musical projects such as Stomping, Blues and Tratiditional Folk.
"In our short time playing live our sound has become distinct and that’s why we use the #ElSonidoOriginal (#OriginalSound) that distinguishes us and that has been motivation for other bands that we have shared the stage with before to also improve their sound.
"We want to make a statement that in Colombia reggae music is bigger everyday and would also like to salute every collective that’s out there making good music scene and the effort to put our nation on the global map", he said.


THE COLOMBIAN REGGAE SCENE


There are of course recognizable acts such as Systema Solar, Ghetto Kumbé, Mitú, Bomba Estéreo, who are largely a mix of traditional folklore and electronic sounds like house or techno.
"That’s okay for global music but the implications of it is that all that they have made we have to replicate the best from all the work they have done to be where they are and for earning the respect for their music", said Garcia.
Colombia also has platforms like #ElMesDelReggae that co-works with Rototom Sunsplash The Contest and is a very attractive avenue for local bands who are trying to promote themselves.

The biggest reggae event in the country, Jamming Festival, with more than 6 editions now has played host to international acts like Alpha Blondy, Damian, Stephen, Kimany Marley, Alborosie, Capleton, Tanya Stephens, Protoje, to mention but a few.
The 2019 edition is set to be headlined by Chronixx, Natiruts from Brazil plus the duo of Redman & Methodman (from iconic hiphop group, WuTang-Clan).

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